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Causes (& solutions) to common headaches

27th October 2016
Causes Of - And Solutions To - Common Types Of Headache

Is there anything in life more irritating than feeling a headache coming on? Even if you don’t suffer from migraines, the stress and strain that a headache causes can be genuinely debilitating.

It’s different from just about any other kind of pain. With some aches, you can isolate the part that’s hurting, not use it and even somewhat ignore it. But if it’s in your head, there’s no such option.

I’ve suffered from both headaches and migraines for as long as I can remember. Although, there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about the migraines, for my headaches, I’ve learnt what my triggers are and I go out of my way to avoid those triggers.

Some people associate migraines with headaches, and frequent headaches with migraines. The truth is a great deal more complicated than this, however. For one thing, a headache is just one part of a migraine and is often the way most migraines start developing. 

For another, there are several types and causes of headache that have absolutely nothing to do with a migraine. And these are the types that you need to find the source of – and the best solutions to. 

Tension Headaches

Possibly the most common type of headache, pain caused by pressure can be brought on by any number of things. Stress in and of itself can cause them, if you’ve been on high anxiety for a prolonged period. They may also be brought on by staring at a screen for too long.

It is essential to take breaks from staring at screens, and wearing tinted glasses can lessen the occurrence of headaches.

Trying to lead a less stressful life isn’t easy, but try to find time just to sit quietly every once in awhile. And tension headaches can also be caused by how you sleep.

Moving around in your sleep trying to get comfortable can lead to you lying with your head in an awkward position. Use the right number of pillows – usually two – and check a memory foam mattresses advice guide. The right mattress can make a world of difference.

Hormone Headaches

Completely unfairly, along with the many other issues that Mother Nature throws our way once a month, we can also get pounding headaches. This is due to an influx of hormone in the body, and is usually influenced by menstrual cycles or a change in birth control.

There is not a lot that can be done to stop them, as hormone changes are inevitable pre-menopause. However, they can be relieved a lot with a hot compress and a bit of rest. Along with some paracetamol.

Rebound Headaches

Do you use caffeine to help wake you up in the morning? And then top up as the day goes on and you feel your eyelids drooping? Most of us do.

This might mean that you drink less coffee on the weekends or when you aren’t working? And do you sometimes find your days off ruined by nagging headaches?

What you are suffering is probably a rebound headache. It is a response to the body’s increased dependence on a stimulant – in this case, caffeine – and the sudden withdrawal of that.

The best way to deal with them is to reduce your caffeine intake during the week and regulate it overall. While it’s going on, over-the-counter pain medication and lots of water are recommended.

There are many other ways that headaches can develop – skipping meals, eating the wrong types of food, the weather, emotions….unfortunately I seem to react to most of these. medication

I think one of the best ways of dealing with headaches is to try to avoid them altogether. You can only do this by knowing your body and what factors affect you.

If you tend to get headaches when you skip meals, make sure you carry snacks with you to see you through; and if your headaches are usually brought on by tension, ensure you get frequent periods of rest or time away from your screen.

CAUSES (& SOLUTIONS) TO COMMON HEADACHES

 

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21 comments

Baby Isabella 15th October 2017 at 10:10 am

My mummy suffers from hormone headaches and she tends to find that going to sleep with her mouth wide open and drinking a pint of water helps ease tension headaches too x

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LaurettaCWright 15th October 2017 at 2:03 pm

That’s great to know – I’ll give that one a try!

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Kira 14th October 2017 at 9:42 am

I am constantly getting headaches of all types , great Information x

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LaurettaCWright 14th October 2017 at 2:59 pm

Great to hear it has been useful.

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Cathy Glynn 13th October 2017 at 6:42 pm

I find looking at a screen for long lengths of time gives me headache. Great advice x

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LaurettaCWright 13th October 2017 at 10:08 pm

Me too – thanks Cathy!

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five little doves 13th October 2017 at 3:26 pm

I get terrible headaches, I’m on all kinds of medication for it, but I do notice hormonal and stress triggers!

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LaurettaCWright 13th October 2017 at 3:38 pm

Such a shame so many of us suffer from headaches …

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Katy Stevens 13th October 2017 at 12:09 pm

I think a lot of my headaches come from not drinking enough water – something I am trying to do better at!

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LaurettaCWright 13th October 2017 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Katy – I’ve heard good things about staying hydrated.

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Kara 13th October 2017 at 6:53 am

I certainly find that screen time affects the kids as not only are they not concentrating but they forget to drink enough too

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LaurettaCWright 13th October 2017 at 8:11 am

Thanks Kara – yes, I’ve heard dehydration can cause headaches too.

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Hannh 13th October 2017 at 5:38 am

My headaches are always caused from staring at a screen up to 10 hours a day! Ekk

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LaurettaCWright 13th October 2017 at 5:46 am

The screens most certainly won’t help.

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Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook 12th October 2017 at 5:34 pm

I get headaches monthly and they are best cured with tablets and then a long sleep. Your post shares great advice.

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LaurettaCWright 12th October 2017 at 9:30 pm

Thanks Elinor – the sleep (if I can get to sleep) usually works for me too.

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Sophie's Nursery 12th October 2017 at 3:24 pm

Hate headaches!! I get terrible sinus headaches – so painful 🙁 I find lots of fluid helps x

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LaurettaCWright 13th October 2017 at 10:12 am

I’m with you on that one!

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Leona 12th October 2017 at 8:14 am

I get terrible tension headaches. They are the worst
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LaurettaCWright 12th October 2017 at 8:21 am

They are aren’t they? It’s tough!

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Mia Adela 24th May 2017 at 3:49 am

Thank you so much for this knowledge. Very helpful!

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